Electricity tariffs to remain stable this year

Electricity tariffs to remain stable this year
Energy and Power development Deputy minister Ms Tsitsi Muzenda and Perm Sec Patson Mbiriri.
Published: 31 August 2017
The government has ruled out an electricity tariffs hike this year saying any review will, however, be subject to consultations with relevant authorities.

Zimbabwe's industry and commerce is currently enjoying stable power supplies being backed with steady imports and the trend is expected to continue until year end.

While it emerged at a renewable energy dialogue meeting for government ministries in the capital on today that there might be possibilities of a tarrif hike soon, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Mr Pattison Mbiriri told reporters that Zimbabweans should however not expect the tariff hike anytime soon.

"There is no tariff hike anytime soon so we just anticipate more stable conditions," he said.

The government is also working on an instrument to tighten import controls on cheap but not sub-standard solar panels exposing the nation to being a dumping site.

In a related development, government ministries are embracing renewable energy systems across the country.

In terms of the policy, public or government owned institutions such as schools, clinics, local authorities, agricultural firms, parastatals, and developmental banks are expected to include renewable sources in their projects.
- zbc
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